Leading Lebanese caricaturist Pierre Sadek dies

BEIRUT — Lebanon’s leading caricaturist, Pierre Sadek, who was famous for his decades of work poking fun at politicians, died Wednesday. He was 76, said the state-run National News Agency.

A graduate of the Lebanese Academy for Fine Arts, Mr. Sadek worked for several newspapers, including An-Nahar. In 1986, he became Lebanon’s first caricaturist to do his drawings on television as part of the main evening newscast.

He had several publications, including ‘‘Laugh with Pierre Sadek at Politicians.’’

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In his drawings, Mr. Sadek expressed the viewpoint of the Lebanese citizen, always depicted wearing the traditional costume of black baggy pants and a red cap.

He rarely spared any politicians from criticism in his drawings, which were published during and after the country’s 1975-1990 civil war.